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Hi Fellow Magi,

Can any of you sterling fellows out there help me? I've always enjoyed performing the 20th Century Silks using ungimmicked silks, based on a method in an old Harry Stanley catalogue! Ye gods, that shows the passage of the years! However, I'm feeling particularly reckless and prepared to throw all caution to the winds and try another method but still using ungimmicked silks! I remember with absolute horror purchasing a set of silks, a number of years ago now, which relied upon the "standard" modus operandi in order to bring about the desired effect. It looked and felt as if I was to trying to control a large and particularly restless ferret which was contained in a rather colourful sack! O well, like so many things in life, y'gets what you pay for!

I read with great interest a post from a guy who uses a mirror tumbler in a 20th century silks routine. As I'm toying with buying a pint sized tumbler, can anyone out there in cyberland suggest a routine for 20th C. which I could use with it? Is it possible to use a standard sized tumbler and are there any good books out there which deal with effects for the mirror tumbler specifically.

I've just seen the size of this post. Many apologies.
As always, all good magical wishes and many thanks.

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I can't imagine you have difficulty with the ferret in the sack, but not the glaring headlights coming from the glass about to run the ferret over. That's one of the reasons I've never liked the mirror glass.

However, for ungimmicked 20th Century Silks, first I'll put in a plug for Eleazar Goodenough's "Every Century Silks" in The Wizards' Journal #8 (on my site). He has an X-Treme version that requires someone to sign his or her name across a silk (from the Dollar Store!) with a magic marker, but he also gives a version that does not require the signing of the silk and is done with ungimmicked silks.

If you don't like Eleazar's solution, you might consider my previous favorite version before Eleazar's came along, and that was the Bert Douglas "Douglas 20th Century Silks" from Volume 2 of Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic (Page 981). I saw J.B. Bobo perform it many, many years ago, and I was sold on it immediately.

But a mirror glass? Too bogus looking for my tastes.
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Hi Lester:

Concerning a routine, the late Arnold Furst had a terrific routine with 20th Century Silks - the routine was in his "Magic for Monsters" book, which is now being published as part of the Kid Stuff series. It's volume number five.

Arnold used the standard Silk King Studio silks. He did use a glass tumbler, but it was just a place to hold the silk in view during the routine. The routine was basically an old time melodrama with each hank representing a character in the story...hero, heroine, and villain. The audience would cheer, whistle, or boo when the corresponding silk was held up.

I used the routine for many years, but have taken it out recently - really only because I was just a bit bored doing it. It really gets a good response.

I have a beautiful set of silks I bought from P&A, and they don't bulge at all. You can still get original Silk King Studio silks from Ruth Rice.

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You do know that there is really no need to use a mirror glass with 20th Century Silks?

Any type of container will do. A "change" prop would only serve the purpose of moving on to another trick.

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Just make sure the ferret never touches the silks, LOL. One of our late ferrets, "Joan", loved to lay in the silks and sleep, and of course her claws made some nice ferrets holes in the silks.
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The Beautiful State Of Maine
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One of the many uses I've had for the "Mirror Goblet"

is 20th Century Silks...I've never done that any other way. Unfortunately, Denny Magic no longer carries CAN get it here: (scroll down)

Hope this helps!

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